How to talk about LEAD at your next job interview

This post is part of a larger series to address the most common myths, misconceptions, and excuses that chapters and members have regarding the LEAD Program.  Follow the entire conversation and get caught up on each of the issues we are addressing by clicking here.

Myth 11.      LEAD can’t go on a resume or be discussed in a job interview.

Quite the opposite is true.  LEAD is definitely something you will want to mention on your resume and discuss at interviews or casual conversations with potential employers.

Translating your fraternity experience to the work world shouldn’t be difficult.  Even if you are not an officer or committee chairman there should be plenty of experiences for you to draw from.  Your LEAD experience – learning the concepts of leadership, management, change, teams, conflict, networking, and ethics through the online content and facilitated sessions – provides a wealth of training and experiences to draw from.

Helping others to understand that your Greek life experience as a career preparation benefit and significant addition to things learned in the classroom should be easy.

Think about all of the practical experience you have gained and concepts you have learned through LEAD.  As a result of your LEAD participation you have likely learned about ethics, leadership theory and styles, personality types and dealing with people different from yourself, experienced the change process, participated in goal setting and strategic planning, and practiced problem solving.  Being able to speak about your experiences with these topics and others is sure to help potential employers understand the value of your Greek membership and what you can bring to their team.

Getting involved in LEAD as a member can also give you something to put on your resume. Whether as a participant, committee member, or chairman, LEAD should be included and can definitely help you to fill out your resume.

Employers are looking for prior leadership experiences and many different LEAD sessions offer you just that. Whether it be through personal assessments of your personality, values, leadership style, or just understanding how to be a visionary leader.

Below are a few examples of how you might include LEAD on your resume.

 LEAD Participant

Activities

LEAD Program Participant

  • Completed a four year ethical leadership development program
  • Trained in risk reduction, anti-hazing, and alcohol misuse prevention techniques
  • Familiar with leadership theory, personality types, leadership and management styles, and team building methods
  • Experience with leading teams, creating change, dealing with conflict, and effective goal setting

 LEAD Committee Member

Experience

LEAD Committee, Sigma Nu Fraternity, ABC College, Lexington, VA (11/10-Present)

  • Member of a #-person committee tasked with oversight of a four-year ethical leadership development program
  • Assist with the implementation of membership development programs and workshops for a # man chapter
  • Innovate chapter programming by pairing with other on-campus organizations to host educational events
  • Develop a Calendar for all events
  • Responsible for recruiting guest facilitators from the campus and community
  • Help establish a foundation of knowledge for members
  • Educate all members on areas of personal and chapter development

LEAD Chairman

Experience

LEAD Chairman, Sigma Nu Fraternity, ABC College, Lexington, VA (11/10-Present)

  • Oversee a committee of # members
  • Supervise the implementation of membership development programs and workshops for a # man chapter
  • Innovate chapter programming by pairing with other on-campus organizations to host educational events
  • Develop a Calendar for all events
  • Responsible for recruiting guest facilitators from the campus and community
  • Help establish a foundation of knowledge for members
  • Educate all members on areas of personal and chapter development

These are just a few examples way to describe LEAD on a resume. Having the skills that LEAD can teach will separate you from others applying for the same jobs. Don’t be shy about sharing what you have experienced in LEAD.

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